Obesity and Cognitive Function in Teens
A study by NYU Med School researchers and published in the August 2012 issue of Pediatrics showed that the metabolic syndrome in adolescents is associated with cognitive and brain impairments. These students had lower scores in math, reading, spelling, attention span, and mental flexibility. The impairments were generally more severe than in adults with metabolic syndrome even though they had less in the way of vascular disease.
Scientists studied 49 patients with metabolic syndrome and 62 who did not. However, about 40% of the latter group were obese but did not qualify with three of the five criteria defining metabolic syndrome: increased waist to hip ratio, high triglycerides, low HDL, hypertension, and insulin resistance.
Our kids need to eat healthy without overeating and move! Exercise should be part of every school program at every levell